Beach – El Salvador
Hotel Bahia Costa
We’re almost ready to leave! Marina Bahia Costa
del Sol is
actually a quite nice place to hang out and get stuff done, but
three weeks work on Andromeda and three trips to San Salvador
appointments, errants, hunts for spare parts and shopping to
stock up our
provisions, it’s great that time has come! And this time it’s
gonna be a
looooong trip. We want to cross the Pacific and plan on arriving
to New Zealand
in November, when Taifun season starts in the South Pacific.
could be to look for shelter in Fiji or go to Hawaii. I guess
we’ll see when
time comes. On our way
to El Salvador,
we made a stop over in Miami to visit
Michael’s brother in West Palm Beach. We just missed
Hurricane Sandy but
came in time to admire the impressive waves washing ashore for
Though we mainly been busy working on Andromeda,
happened to reopen the blog again even before we set sails:
From up here,
the waves don’t really look thaaat big. However, the
fact that they are so well visible kind of implies
that they are.
The weeks in
Boston and Martha’s Vineyard were filled with major renovations and
other projects. So the three days in Florida were like
a mini vacation
I enjoyed were
much seeing the places I had only heard of from Michael’s stories.
After all, he spent his teenage years here. The waves
in the background give an idea of the impressive
spectacle on the beach.
before our flight to San Salvador, a SUV took our
of way and crashed
into us. Our rental car was a total loss and got
Fortunately, Michael’s brother could pick us up and
us to rent another
one to get to the airport early next morning.
we only suffered a minor whiplash and bruises
(well, still do...)
and could continue our journey with not much more
than a huge freight
that clung onto us for a few days.
Jaltepeque / Costa del Sol, El Salvador. That’s were
we had left
Andromeda for almost 5 months on a mooring buoy.
However, most of the time it hadn’t been as idyllic
and peaceful as on the picture. The rainy season is
called that for a reason. Fortunately, Andromeda
survived rains and storms really well and looked
pretty good inside and out. At least on the first
glance. It was still a lot of work to get her back
into shape and ready for sailing. Also, it was a
comfortable and nice place with a convenient sand bar
in the estuary to careen her on:
This is how we
surfed over the sandbar at the mouth of the estuary in
June. Much to Michael’s disappointment, there weren’t
any bigger waves to give this event are more thrilling
character. I think sometimes it’s just fine if things
go nice and smoothly, even if that might equal
morning in the estuary at low tide.
Usulutan in the background looks
much bigger in
real life, though.
And here’s a
short story of our biggest, most time consuming and
nerve wracking project: The Generator.
We had to spent
all last season without it due to unresolved issues. Even though
we had had invested almost a month in the rather
unpleasant anchorage of Panama City. It’s kind of
possible to live without it, but we do need it for our
saltwater-freshwater maker and to run the dive
Aida invited us
to her wedding mid December!
we had to decline as we’ll be in Costa Rica by then
The strong and
friendly guys from the marina helped us to move the
360lbs machine from the parking lot to the dock.
Fortunately, we could use our main sail halyard to
lift it onto the boat.
it’s gotta go, way in the aft cabin underneath the
practical mind came up with a great idea: He drilled a
hole through the deck for lifting and now lowering
again the machine into its hole. Still, it had
to get from the cockpit into the cabin with pure muscle power.
(Happy to say,
after a few more issues, it safe in its place – and running now!).
Stocking up in
San Salvador. Who knows when we’ll have the
convenience of a dock again. These big tides at the
Pacific coast make shopping without the convenience of
a dock a whole new experience.
and tomatoes in a waterproof bag towards the dinghy,
safely anchored beyond the swell was kind of fun and
adventurous the first couple of times, only.
A TV in the
As we learned,
someone had not only stolen our chained on outboard off our
stern... Our TV had been gone, too! Michael had asked
the marina manager Santos if anything else had gone
missing. However, we had left “sun pacs” with
para-formaldehyde inside the boat to keep away
critters and mold. Well, it also kept the marina from
checking inside, as it is a bit stinging in eyes and
nose. So only when airing the boat before our arrival,
he noticed that the TV was gone.
As the story
goes, the neighboring Indian families all talk and gossip a lot, and
there was word of a rather young guy who took a flat
screen TV to his girlfriend hut in the jungle.
he and another teenager were also involved in the
theft of the outboard and belong to a gang of
“Pandillos”. Turns out that he’s even a cousin of our
marina manager. Everybody here seems to be related
with someone, though. Maybe Santos’ workers had not
locked the hatches well after varnishing the floor or
one of his ex workers had nicked the key. Or something
else had happened.
according to Santos, he had informed the police that
he had gotten a hint as to the whereabouts of the TV.
However, they either did not believe him or couldn’t
care less in regards to other more serious crimes
filling their desks. So Santos went with 2 of his guys
to the jungle, actually found the TV, and then made
the police come and help him get it. Unfortunately,
there was no sign of the outboard. But he returned the
TV to its original place on Andromeda and presented us
proudly this kind of peculiar story. It might as well
all be true. Or not. Unfortunately, we might never
does easily explain the weird spots on the screen.
Electronics and huts in the jungle just don’t go so
well together. So we acquired a new one in the city -
and could barter the old one to Santos for part of his
surprise. Our main sail became home to a bat family!
they’re harmless and almost even kind of cute.
But they poo
a lot and smell even more. All the black streams on
the deck is poo
being hosed off the main... yakedeyack
Our only 1 year
old main has now not only green stains from the
from rainy seasons, but also brown ones from, well,
poo... Hope that
sun power will bleach some of it ...
unusual view of the rivermouth:
Low tides and a
conveniently located sandbar
made it easy to
careen Andromeda and do some bottom work.
One of my
favorite exercises: up on the mast!
The view is
so spectacular, I didn’t even mind it when I had to
go up a third time.
We finally left
on the 24th and are spending our fifth night out
on the anchor, in
front of Las Flores, SV right now. Tomorrow or at
least soon, we’ll
continue to Nicaragua.